California chief justice says judiciary is more diverse
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's chief justice on Tuesday praised the racial and gender diversity of judges appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown and highlighted women in leadership roles in...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions (all times local):
Gov. Gavin Newsom is not only putting a moratorium on...
California’s Supreme Court upholds pension rollback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision by state lawmakers to roll back one way for public workers to pad their pensions, but avoided ruling on the larger...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a closely watched ruling by the California Supreme Court on a pension benefit for public workers (all times local):
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's lieutenant governor has a new role promoting the state as an international trading partner.
Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis will head a committee tasked with...
California man cleared after 40 years in prison gets $21M
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The city of Simi Valley, California, has reached a $21 million settlement with a man wrongly imprisoned for nearly 40 years in the killing of his girlfriend and her...
Governor orders more DNA testing in 1983 California killings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered additional DNA testing Friday on evidence that a death-row inmate says will prove his innocence in a 35-year-old murder case that has...
AP FACT CHECK: Newsom wrong on illegal border crossings
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom devoted part of his first State of the State address to attacking President Donald Trump's positions on illegal immigration, declaring, "This border emergency is nothing more than a manufactured crisis and California will not be part of this political theater."
California governor names new leaders on water, education
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom named new leaders Tuesday to top posts in water, transportation and education policy, his latest moves to set the state government on a fresh path during his first months in office.
California governor rebukes Trump in border troop withdrawal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he's withdrawing most of the state's National Guard troops on the Mexico border because he won't participate in the Trump...
The Latest: Governor to keep some troops at Mexico border
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's withdrawal of National Guard troops from the border (all times local):
California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he had wanted to withdraw all of the state's National Guard troops from the Mexico border but will keep some in place after consulting with guard officials.
Parole recommended for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel on Wednesday recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be paroled after serving more than four decades in prison.
After a hearing at the women's prison in Corona, California, commissioners of the Board of Parole Hearings found for the third time that the 69-year-old Van Houten was suitable for release.
Latest: Parole recommended for Manson follower Van Houten
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the parole request by Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten (all times local):
A California parole panel has recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be granted parole after serving more than four decades in prison.
State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino says the panel on Wednesday found that the 69-year-old prisoner is suitable for parole.
California seeks faster forestry approvals in wildfire fight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildland managers said Tuesday that they want to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to slow wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years.
The Latest: ‘Surf City USA’ disputes state housing lawsuit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the state's housing lawsuit (all times local):
The Southern California coastal city of Huntington Beach says it is complying with state housing laws, rejecting a lawsuit by Gov. Gavin Newsom's new administration.
Newsom used a new law for the first time Friday in an attempt to force the city to meet housing goals.
Governor reverses parole for San Diego police killer
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has reversed a decision to grant parole to a man who gunned down a San Diego police officer forty years ago.
It's the fourth time that 57-year-old Jesus Cecena was denied release from prison after it was granted by a parole board.
Cecena was a 17-year-old gang member when Officer Archie Buggs stopped a car he was driving in 1978.
Gov. Inslee to talk climate with former California governor
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee met Thursday with former California Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss climate issues, including a proposal for utilities to provide carbon-free electricity by 2045 that is working its way through the Washington Legislature.
Last September, Brown, a Democrat who left office last week as California's longest-serving governor, signed legislation putting his state on the path toward all clean energy electricity sources by the same date.
- The Spokesman-ReviewJerry Brown warns Washington lawmakers: climate change will get worseJanuary 18, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewBrown warns Washington lawmakers: Climate change will get worseJanuary 18, 2019
- The Washington TimesJerry Brown on California wildfires: Trump has 'got our back'November 19, 2018
- The Washington TimesInside the Beltway: 'I watched the president unite people'November 18, 2018
- The Washington TimesDonald Trump visiting California to view wildfire damage, meet with first respondersNovember 17, 2018
California voters must approve law to end bail before trial
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's first law eliminating bail for suspects awaiting trial is on hold until California voters decide whether to overturn it, officials said Wednesday.
A referendum that qualified for the 2020 state ballot would overturn the law signed last year by then-Gov. Jerry Brown, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement. The law would replace bail with a risk-assessment system — although it's still unclear how the system will work.
California governor brings personal touch, fresh focus
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom held his toddler son during his inaugural address, spent nearly two hours discussing his state budget with reporters and engaged in two Twitter spats with the president.
Newsom, 51, took office Monday and quickly dove into governing the nation's most populous state, but with a different focus and touch than his 80-year-old predecessor, fellow Democrat Jerry Brown.
In rare move, California court denies 10 clemency requests
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court denied 10 clemency requests by former Gov. Jerry Brown, the first time it has exercised that power in more than half a century.
Newsom’s first California budget aims to balance promises
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has made two big promises that are seemingly at odds: Advancing bold and expensive new initiatives while maintaining the robust savings that California will desperately need in the next recession.
When he releases his first comprehensive budget proposal, which is due by Thursday under state law, he gets his chance to show how he'll resolve that tension. He's already previewed more than $2.5 billion in new spending proposals.
From Brown to Newsom, California to see new style, substance
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Gov. Jerry Brown cedes power to Gavin Newsom, it will be the first time since 1887 that California has had consecutive Democratic governors. But California isn't getting a carbon copy in substance or style.
10 things to know about California’s new Democratic governor
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gavin Newsom will become California's 40th governor on Monday, succeeding fellow Democrat Jerry Brown.
Here are 10 things to know about the next leader of the nation's most populous state:
—Served as lieutenant governor from 2011 to 2019 and San Francisco mayor from 2004 to 2011.
—Married to Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and actress, and the couple has four children. Newsom is the son of William Newsom III, a former justice on the state court of appeals.
Jerry Brown transformed California’s justice system - twice
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of the advantages of being in government for 50 years, says California Gov. Jerry Brown, is "you get to make mistakes that you then get to correct."
For Brown, one of those missteps was the criminal justice overhaul he oversaw as a young governor during two terms from 1975 to 1983. Now 80, he leaves office Monday after again reshaping the system during the past eight years.
Newsom will move family to California governor’s mansion
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gavin Newsom will move his family to Sacramento when he takes over as California governor next week, bringing children to the historic home for the first time in half a century.
Fresno judge disciplined for jail order, comments retires
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge who was disciplined for courtroom comments and ordering the release of a jailed acquaintance has retired.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced this week that he appointed another court official to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Fresno County Judge James M. Petrucelli.
A state agency admonished Petrucelli in 2007 for conduct it said included discourteous and sarcastic comments to attorneys and litigants.
Charles Manson follower, murderer recommended for parole
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California parole panel on Thursday recommended for the first time that Charles Manson follower Robert Beausoleil be freed after serving nearly a half-century in prison for murder.
Beausoleil, 71, was not involved in the most notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by the Manson "family" in 1969. He was convicted in the slaying of musician Gary Hinman that same year.
Brown swears in fourth justice to California Supreme Court
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has sworn in former top adviser Joshua Groban to the state Supreme Court in what aides say is likely to be his final public appearance before leaving office next week.
Brown has now placed four justices on the seven-member court. The Democratic governor said Thursday that it cannot be considered a "Brown court" because each justice acts independently, sometimes unpredictably.
Brown reappoints top California high-speed rail leaders
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown reappointed two leaders of California's embattled high-speed rail board on Wednesday, days before leaving office.
‘Ear Hustle’ host is freed, but prison podcast will go on
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In California, inmates typically are granted parole by doing good deeds or showing they have been rehabilitated by becoming pastors, drug counselors or youth advocates. For Walter "Earlonne" Woods, the path to freedom was podcasting.
California to conduct season’s first snow survey
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — California water managers will conduct the season's first manual surveys of the state's crucial winter snowfall.
Winter snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains supplies drinking water for much of California as it melts throughout the spring and summer. The amount of snow is measured monthly through the winter at more than 260 locations to help water managers plan for how much they can deliver to customers later in the year.
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Los Angeles Times on California's push for women on boards of directors:
When Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring publicly traded corporations based in California to have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019, he did so even though he expressed doubt that it could survive a court challenge.
New laws are putting California further at odds with Trump
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is leaving office Jan. 7 after signing more than 1,000 laws in his last year, further positioning the state as a bastion of liberal activism and goad to President Donald Trump.
The laws, most of which take effect Tuesday, ease criminal sentences, tighten gun restrictions and address climate change, gender discrimination and sexual harassment.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.; retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
California’s Jerry Brown caps 5 decades on political scene
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It was a matter of life and death in 2015 when California Gov. Jerry Brown pondered an assisted suicide bill granting terminally ill people the right to choose when they die.
Jerry Brown’s legacy: Climate, California budget and more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office Jan. 7 after a record four terms as the state's chief executive. After serving from 1975 to 1983, he was re-elected by voters in 2010.
50 years of public life: A look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s career
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office Jan. 7 after a political career that spanned nearly 50 years. Here's a look at key moments in the life of the state's longest-serving governor :
— 1938: Edmund Gerald Brown Jr., known as Jerry, is born in San Francisco to Bernice Brown and Edmund Gerald Brown Sr., known as Pat Brown.
Couple that lost home in California wildfire get pardons
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jason Burnett said he detected a faint feeling of disappointment from his wife when California Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned him for an old drug crime less than two weeks after the couple lost their home in the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century.
Heather Steels Burnett had applied for a pardon too but didn't receive it last month like her husband.
"She's like, 'I didn't get mine,'" Jason Burnett, 44, playfully recalled her reaction.
California’s Brown orders new DNA testing in old murder case
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered new DNA tests that a condemned inmate says could clear him in a 35-year-old quadruple murder case, which has drawn national attention.
The Latest: California governor pardons 5 Cambodian refugees
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on clemency actions by California Gov. Jerry Brown (all times local):
California Gov. Jerry Brown has pardoned five refugees from Cambodia and another immigrant from Honduras who faced the possibility of deportation because of their criminal convictions.
The pardons were among more than 250 clemency decisions announced by the governor on Christmas Eve.
According to Brown's office, the five Cambodians entered the country when they were 5 or younger.
Adviser to governor confirmed to California Supreme Court
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A senior adviser to California Gov. Jerry Brown who was instrumental in hundreds of judicial appointments was poised Friday to become the newest member of the state Supreme Court after a judicial commission confirmed his nomination.
California justices order public release of clemency record
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court ordered the public release of court records related to Gov. Jerry Brown's consideration of a pardon for a former state lawmaker.
The justices on Wednesday granted a motion by the First Amendment Coalition to unseal the records related to former state Sen. Roderick Wright. They rejected, however, a request to also release records from other clemency cases that are before the court.
AP NewsBreak: Brown sues to save California sentencing laws
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown sued Thursday to protect one of his signature actions in office, a voter-approved measure that allows most prison inmates to seek earlier release and participate in rehabilitation programs.
His administration filed a lawsuit challenging a pending 2020 initiative that seeks to toughen criminal penalties as part of an effort to roll back reforms adopted by voters within the past decade.
Gov.-elect Newsom giving up control of his business
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Incoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday he would give up control of his wine and hotel business and plans to issue an executive order barring state agencies from doing business with the company to avoid conflicts of interest.
California governor: Democrats are likely to spend too much
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown helped make his party even more powerful in California during the last eight years and now, less than a month before leaving office, he predicts that dominance will make it difficult for his successor to control Democrats' hunger for spending and regulations.
California governor leaving with climate warning
San Francisco mayor asks for brother’s early prison release
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's mayor has joined other members of her family in requesting an early release from prison for an older brother who has served nearly two decades of a 44-year sentence on a manslaughter conviction.
California Gov. Brown talks health care, 4 terms in office
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown predicted Tuesday that Republicans would face disastrous electoral consequences if a federal judge's ruling to strike down the Affordable Care Act holds.
"It will build such a backlash that the Democrats will not only overtake the Senate, they'll win the presidency and they'll win enough momentum, particularly on the issue of health care, it will be replaced with something even better," Brown said.